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Senior National Guard Advisor
Area(s) of Expertise: Military History, Homeland Security/Northern Command
Phone: (717) 245-4073
Lieutenant Colonel Brent C. Bankus is a Pennsylvania National Guardsman, currently assigned as the Senior National Guard Advisor to the Director, Strategic Studies Institute. He graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1979, and commissioned through ROTC as an armor officer. While on active duty, Lieutenant Colonel Bankus served in several command and staff positions in Germany with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and 8th Infantry Division (3-68 Armor). In the Reserve Components, he was a rifle company commander and battalion motor officer in the 1/314th Infantry, 157th Separate Infantry Brigade (USAR), and Administrative Officer, Battalion S-1; S-4 and Training Officer in the 2nd 111th Infantry, 56th Brigade 28th Infantry Division (M). Additionally, he served on Title 10 Active Guard Reserve status as an ROTC Assistant Professor of Military Science and detachment commander at Bloomsburg University; staff officer in the Reserve Components Automation System; staff officer in the National Guard Bureau Readiness Division and Information Management Officer and Executive Officer for the National Guard Bureau Counter Drug Directorate. Lieutenant Colonel Bankus published an article for the U.S. Institute for Peace on "Training the Military for Peace Operations, A Past, Present and Future View" and is presently being published in Military Review, "The Pennsylvania State Guard 1941-53," and in Homeland Defense Journal, "Don't Forget about the State Defense Forces." Additionally, he was the project officer and co-author for the recently published "Tactics, Techniques and Procedures" manual, Field Manual 3-07.31, Peace Operations. Lieutenant Colonel Bankus is a graduate of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps Command and General Staff Colleges, and holds a Master of Science degree in Information Management from Strayer University.
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